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Minute book entry from the Cardiff Maccabi Football Club meeting held at the Cathedral Road Youth Centre in Cardiff on the 17 May 1971 - 'Maccabi' referring to a Jewish Organisation with its mission to "Promote Jewish Identity through Sport" [source:].

The individual entries in the book primarily follow the formula of: date, members present, agenda, minutes, correspondence, the treasurer's' report, matches and elections. However, there are variations as the entries continue over the years, with more pressing matters taking priority. For this entry, Hayden [Cotsen] had received a letter from Alan Saunders concerning membership of the Youth Centre. It was made clear to all that to play in the league, membership of the Youth Centre was essential. The club had experienced a successful season and finished 3rd in the second division and were expecting promotion. Less than 162 tickets had been sold for the mini raffle and this was considered as not good enough. Discussions also took place on the functions of the management committee. Many criticisms were put forward of the running and training of the 1st team – it was suggested that the club was being used only for the benefit of the 1st team, and blamed for the 2nd teams failure.

The Maccabi Union Great Britain is the more commonly used shorter name of the Union of Maccabi Associations in Great Britain. Similarly to its counterparts across the globe, it exists to promote the active participation in sports and education of young Jewish men and women, in order to enhance their Jewish identity, values and commitment to the community [source: coll_id=14836&inst_id=118&nv1=search&nv2=].

In 1969, Stanley Soffa and Adrian Freedman travelled to London to submit an application, so their Cardiff Football Club would be allowed to join the Maccabi Southern Football League - it was accepted. The team finished 3rd in the 1970/71 season and were promoted, but at the annual general meeting there was discussion about joining the Cardiff Sunday League, which had been founded by a group of individuals (not Jewish) who got together in late August 1970. After a hard struggle with the City Council and the South Wales Football Association, they were later given permission to commence matches in early October 1970 [source: Cardiff Maccabi Football Club. Doc].

Depository: Glamorgan Archives.

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